Archive for May 1st, 2005

Some Orthodox priests: Fanatical idiots

The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem said:

“[…] there are worms/trash-people who don’t believe in the Holy Light of Easter.”

What a wonderful way of treating other people’s beliefs, be it Christians or not, Orthodoxs or not. Intolerant people like him is the reason why I don’t care much about religion anymore. They practice fanatism and dogmas to their guilible followers.

The new Star Wars TV series and IM time wasters

I can’t wait to watch the new SW TV series next year! And of course, I pray that William Fichtner will get a role as a Jedi master (I bet real money that there will be a surviving master and a young padawan and that the storyline will be about the creation of the rebelion and its early days)!
Having Fichtner as a Jedi Master won’t just be a dream come true, but a… fantasy come true. Hehe… 😉

BTW, I did something nasty tonight. You know, I get all these irritating IM messages daily from some random people trying to have cybersex and what not. I despise these people, they make me sick. Thing is though, you can’t easily get rid of them. And so tonight I tried a different strategy:

parkermXX: you are beautiful
parkermXX: have a sec to chat?
eugenia_loli: my husband just told me “yes, go ahead”.
parkermXX: lol
parkermXX: r u unable to chat cause you are married?
eugenia_loli: I am able to chat just fine, we can have a threesome if you want
parkermXX: lol
eugenia_loli: my husband is just next to me, let’s all have some fun

      Session Closed (parkermXX): Sun May 01 22:46:54 2005

hahaha…. what a fast way to scare him off! 😀

A philosophical question for you: Hemophagia

Hypothetical situation:

A new disease/mutation is spreading among humans, hemophagia: some mutated humans require to drink human blood in order to survive. There is nothing supernatural about it (don’t think of vampires), it’s just a mutation that can spread through blood exchange (like HIV). They are able to eat normal food & drink water, but they also require a regular supply of human blood, or they can’t survive otherwise. There is no known antidote for their mutation.

Some of them are trying to get their required supply of blood via legal means, buying human blood from hospitals, but it’s extremely expensive to do so. Because of the shortage and high prices, some of these sick people are forced to kill, or attack normal humans for some of their blood. If they extract their blood by medical methods, the victim won’t get the disease but he/she might die if all their blood is extracted. But if they bite them and the victim survives, the victim gets the disease too.

The question:

If you were a world president, what would you do with these diseased people? Hunt them and kill them all? Quarantine them? Force normal people to donate more blood? Nothing?

Questions to above questions:

1. Hunt them and kill them all

Isn’t that a genocide of a whole new race? Just like we today kill the infected sheep and cows instead of finding a cure for them?

2. Quarantine them?

And then what? Let’s say we find them all and put them in an island. They can’t survive there without sending them human blood regularly!

3. Force normal people to donate more blood?

And what if their numbers grow so much that the current human population can’t sustain their needs? What if they infect more people just to grow their numbers and feel more secure?

4. Nothing?

Personally, this is the course of action I favor the most. No, I am not crazy, I am just a take-a-step-back thinker: for thousands of years species evolved by selection and mutation. If this situation is simply a new kind of race that “happens” to feed on humans, so be it. There are many species in nature that require another species in order to survive. And nature has its way to balance its way out just fine in the end, so I *don’t* believe that our species will be exterminated overtime, because they need us! And remember, these people are not “killers by nature”, they don’t kill for fun. They only kill for their own survival (same for wild animals, they only kill when hungry).

Won’t I be terribly sad if my child or myself gets bitten or killed from one of these diseased people? You betcha! But the survival of the species (any species) supercedes my needs as an individual.

When we watch the lions in a TV documentary we think: “oh, cutie…” and when the camera goes to the baby elephants we think the exact same thing. But when we look at the lion attack at that same baby elephant we think “sad, but it’s how nature works”. So why can’t the same be true for our species? We have dominated this planet for thousands of years, if a new human-like race is to evolve and has to feed on us, it’s only natural selection, and I support mother Earth’s choices more than I support humans’. Of course, as a human myself, I would fight them off as much as I can. But thinking objectively the issue — or if I was mutated myself–, I wouldn’t be too sure that war is the way to go because both sides lose on wars and we don’t let mother nature work its magic and balance itself out. Besides, billions of humans exist today (and they destroy nature just with their sheer numbers and needs) exactly BECAUSE they don’t have any enemies as a species anymore. This is a problem for mother Earth and when nature is in trouble, ALL species are in trouble. People should start see the bigger picture.

Epilogue:

Apparently, this is the theme of Kurt Wimmer’s new movie ‘UltraViolet‘ (the same guy who did the also thought-provoking ‘Equilibrium‘ movie). Personally, I don’t think there is a clear cut answer to this. It’s a complicated matter and food for thought, send me an email with your thoughts on this.